Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell announced on Monday that the goal of repaving 1,500 lane-miles of substandard roadway on Oahu within five years has been met and exceeded.
Caldwell said a total of 1,774 lane-miles of city roadways have been repaved since January 2013. The total number of lane miles repaved by private contractors through the Department of Design and Construction, and in-house work done by crews with the Department of Facility Maintenance, represent half of the city's total inventory of 3,517 lane miles.
"Really, this should be an ongoing, forever effort, and it should never be allowed again to get to the point where it was when I came into office," said Mayor Caldwell.
The repaving has cost the city $550 million, more than any other administration in the history of the city. The city says, typically, a newly repaved road will last seven to 15 years before showing obvious signs of wear, but many of the newly repaved roads are treated with slurry seal and crack seal coating, helping them to last as long as 25 years.
The number of potholes being filled has fallen, from approximately 48,000 in 2013 to an estimated 23,000 by the end of 2017.
Mayor Caldwell says there are upcoming repaving projects in 2018 to include major thoroughfares in urban Honolulu as well as roads in Aiea Heights, Campbell Industrial Park and Kalaeloa, and Manoa.
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